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Boakai to speak on CPP issue

Condemns assaults on women’s dignity

By Jonathan Browne

The current chair of the now disintegrated Collaborating Political Parties (CPP) Joseph Nyumah Boakai, reveals plan to, in the coming week, speak on issues engulfing the Collaboration that has fallen apart with two parties in court.

“I shall be reporting to the Liberian people on matters relating to the CPP with a view on the way forward”, Mr. Boakai said here in a statement Thursday, February 03, 2022, his first public utterance since the CPP crisis started under his chairmanship last year.

The former Vice President says whatever the outcome, he will continue on the path of peace for a vibrant Liberia, rallying Liberians, “I, therefore, call on you to continue to repose your confidence in us, and avoid issues designed and orchestrated to create fear and anxiety intended to discourage you from keeping your focus on our mission of redeeming our country.”

Four opposition parties, including Mr. Boakai’s Unity Party, Liberty Party, the Alternative National Congress and the All Liberian Party formed a marriage to unseat incumbent President George Manneh Weah at the ballot box in 2023, but they have broken up the relationship over self-ambitions and internal wrangling prior to the next elections.

Meanwhile, VP Boakai notes that gross disrespect shown to First Lady Clar Marie Weah thru a book publication is yet another example of the way the world is made to view Liberia as a nation that does not respect her daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers.

He laments that to speak about the First Lady in the way done as published in the tell-all book is another clear indication of how some Liberians think of women, stressing that women of Liberia desire the respect and dignity the civilized world exhibits for the elevation of women.

“I, therefore, condemn in the strongest terms those who engage in the discussion and description of women in the form and manner like we are seeing in the social media and the traditional media.   I would like to remind all of us that Liberia, our Country, is a traditional African Society that values the privacy of women no matter their status in society. Any usage of despicable language or literature that tends to disrespect our women is condemned in our Liberian society.

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I, therefore, ask women everywhere to condemn this act of violation of their status as women and the denigration of their womanhood to rise, shame and name such perpetrators. I say to our women, don’t stand there, act positively to restore your dignity together with the men”, Mr. Boakai urges.

He continues that trending issue about the tell-all biography, titled “George Weah The Dream, The Legend, The Rise to Power: The Journey of an Enigmatic Leader,” which has compelled him to speak against what he considers a ‘debasement’ of women in the Liberian society.

The former Vice President recalls two recent horrible examples of abuse against women, as reported by two media outlets, including the rape and sodomizing of a 13-year-old girl on Camp Johnson Road who subsequently died; and a young lady gang-raped with each male member being timed for their individual sexual assaults, which also subsequently led to her death.

“This is so un-Liberian and alien to our way of thinking as Liberians. This is not what we desire for our girls and women in our society.”

He notes that it is part of Liberian tradition to honor their daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers, so to have all of these stories told about what is happening without any redress creates room for the continuity of impunity that exists in the country today.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/boakai-storms-new-kru-town/

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The New Dawn is Liberia’s Truly Independent Newspaper Published by Searchlight Communications Inc. Established on November 16, 2009, with its first hard copy publication on January 22, 2010. The office is located on UN Drive in Monrovia Liberia. The New Dawn is bilingual (both English & French).
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